The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
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Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners - three women and a young man with a past - whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in sometimes surprising ways. In wartime London, the women work - as ambulance drivers, ministry clerks, and building inspectors. There are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal.
Sarah Waters describes the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman for her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill of a convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger of a woman prowling the streets for an encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming to an end.

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THE NIGHT WATCH

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Time runs backward, and memory tightens its grip on the variously involved characters of British author Waters's unusual fourth novel—a departure from her highly praised historicals Tipping the ... Read full review

Henry James Revisited

User Review  - nancd - Overstock.com

I love this book! It so reminded me of reading The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The author does a great job of creating scenes and characters. Kay is one of my new favorite heroines. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
12
Section 3
32
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Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book; Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; Fingersmith and The Night Watch, both of which were shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She has also been named one of Granta's best young British novelists. She lives in London.

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